New Amazon Fire TV interface, including user profiles.
The TV has become really good, and if you’re upgrading from a TV over a decade old then a few hundred bucks can really go a long way. But, if you want to buy a TV that continues to impress you for another decade, you want to find some things that matter.
So if you are planning to get a new TV on Black Friday, there are some things to consider before buying.
HDR, or high-dynamic range, can be a bit confusing. There are many standards, but in general a TV with HDR, which includes HDR content from a service like Netflix or Amazon Prime TV, can show a clearer picture in dark or bright scenes.
But sometimes a TV is not really bright so that there is a big difference. So, even if you see “HDR” on the box, as well as the brightness level – it is usually represented as “NIT”. According to Consumer Reports, you want a TV with at least 600 knots of brightness higher than what I have. Go to 1,000 NITs for the best HDR. So, if your budget TV has around 100 to 300 nits, the picture will not be as good
Ultra HD vs UHD vs 4K
These are names for just one thing, and that does not mean that if you are shopping for a 4K TV, it means that you are shopping for an Ultra HD or UHD TV. This simply means that the resolution is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.
Full HD (FHD) means 1080p, or a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080.
Most modern TVs have 4K displays, but some will be super cheap just FHD.
How many HDMI ports are there?
Check how many HDMI ports the TV has. If you have a family with a game console, a streaming stick like an Amazon Fire TV or Roku and a cable box, you will need at least three HDMI ports. If you add in a sound bar (a recommendation later in this guide), you will need four. Most TVs should have enough, but sometimes special models released on Black Friday skimp on the feature. And if you plan to add additional tools, such as Facebook portal or any other gadget, you want five.
Almost all TVs are now somewhat “smart” and run different versions of the software depending on the brand you buy. Samsung has its own software. LG also has. Amazon makes Fire TVs in some sets and there are many TVs that run Roku software. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so try to play with TV before purchasing it. It is possible that if you use an Apple TV to use a lot of game consoles or use a lot of game consoles, the software won’t matter much, but if you’re a big fan of Roku or Amazon or usually If you prefer Samsung software, then consider it before buying TV, too.
OLED vs LCD / LED
OLED screens are the best, each capable of lighting in pixels rather than backlights illuminating different sections of the screen. This helps in picture quality. But, if you’re on a budget, don’t rule out the more traditional LCD / LED screens. This is probably what you will find in the most affordable TV during Black Friday. They are still really good and can usually be brighter than OLEDs, which makes them a better option if you are placing them in a room that receives a lot of light during the day.
Keep a soundbar in your budget
Most televisions have bad speakers. Now that TVs are so thin, there’s not much room for larger speakers that provide you with enough bass and balance. So, you end up with a speaker who plays parts of a movie or TV show really loudly and some parts are very quiet. One way to solve this is by considering a soundbar. Prices range from a hundred bucks or so – I have about a $ 150 Vizio surround-sound model that I bought a few years ago that works great – in more expensive options like the $ 799 Sonos Arc, which sounds terrible but not on your TV. May exceed.